Resilience and the Manchester Bombing by Gerry Myers

The British people have shown great resilience over the last few days in coping with the Manchester bombing. For the most part they have kept true to their values and their way of life. We hear of Mancunians pulling together in the midst of the crisis, offering practical support, food, shelter, care. We read the story of a homeless man overcoming his own difficult circumstances and rushing in to help in the immediate aftermath of the bomb, we read of families offering bed and board to strangers who were searching for missing relatives. And whilst there are those who were quick off the blocks to stoke hate for Muslims and immigrants, the vast majority of people were having none of it. Our TV screens showed soccer fans holding a dignified minute’s silence at a match, and there were vox pop interviews on news programmes where ordinary people spoke out against hate, including hatred of immigrants and Muslims. There was also no shortage of Muslim voices saying “Not in our name” to any of their faith who were thinking of launching any attacks in Britain. It is clear that for some time members of the Islamic community have been co-operating with the police to identify threats to the people of Britain. Those of us who were in London at the height of the troubles will well remember the great Irish demonstration in Hyde Park when many thousands of Irish people said “Not in our name” to our fellow countrymen who wanted to bomb Britain. Back then, as now, the people who make up the great melting pot that is Britain dipped into their resilience and were not cowed by bombers. So what is this thing called resilience? It could be described as communities and individuals successfully adjusting to very difficult circumstances, through psychological, emotional, practical and spiritual means. One of the most important facets of resilience is the capacity for meaning-making. In the midst of the carnage in Manchester this week, and despite a small minority urging hatred, the community remembered what is important to them, they kept to their values and meaning, found solidarity in communal care, rejected hatred and continued to do what they always do. Resilience isn’t just continuing to do what we always do, it is also knowing the meaning, values and philosophy of life that drive us to continue.

Summer Solstice Shamanic Workshop & Certificate Course in Advanced Shamanic Practice

Summer Solstice/ Shamanic States, Sacred Sites
When: June 18th 2017
Where: Dunderry Park, Navan, Co. Meath
18th June 10am-10pm, Dunderry Park, Trim, Co. Meath
€95 lunch and Dinner included, B&B €35

A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. As a result, on the day of the solstice, the Sun appears to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon at local solar noon. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In many cultures the solstices mark either the beginning or the midpoint of winter and summer.

At this day long workshop we will be participating in a ;

Sacred Sites Druidic ceremony on the hill of Tara and the fairy tree ritual.
Fire Ceremony; a ritual to burn off the old patterns to make room for the new.
Stalking awareness in Nature to connect with our power place and tune into natural intelligence
Spirit Boat, to the realms of the sidhe, fairy folk to gain wisdom and healing from the shining ones.
Shamanic Journeying to meet our animals and spirit guides to get help and healing with what ails us.
Trance Dance to the beat of tribal sounds to help connect to our deeper selves through our bodies

Facilitated by Martin Duffy, Shamanic Counsellor and Teacher
To book email or call 046 90 74455

When: 3rd-8th October 2017
Where: Dunderry Park, Navan, Co. Meath
This week long course is open to those who have completed a Shamanic Practitioners Course (or equivalent) and who make a commitment to …read more

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Invitation to Awareness

A personal development workshop

  • Do you work in a caring profession where communication and relationship skills are important?
  • Are you considering becoming a counsellor?
  • Do you want to improve your personal relationships?
  • Would you like to explore, expand and deepen your awareness?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this workshop is for you. Gestalt is an experiential approach which invites each of us into awareness and personal ‘response-ability’. We need to be able to make good contact with ourselves and others if we are to be effective in our lives. This weekend offers an opportunity to experiment with new ways of relating in a safe and supportive environment.

Galway Venue – Workshop facilitated by Julien Joly & Ursula Devaney

DATE: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2017 TIME: 10 – 5.00pm

VENUE: Granary Therapy Centre, The Granary Suites, 58 Dominick Sreet, Galway

COST: €250.00 (€220 if booked before 24 May & for students on eligible counselling courses). Payment by bank transfer. Cost includes teas and coffees.

CPD : 12 hours

Waterford Venue – Workshop facilitated by Catherine Power & Mick Lee

DATE: Saturday 01st & Sunday 02nd July 2017 TIME: 10.00am – 5.00pm

VENUE: Johns College Library, Respond Johns College,The Folly, Waterford

COST: €250.00 (€220 if booked before 01st June & for students on eligible counselling courses). Payment by bank transfer. Cost includes teas and coffees.

CPD : 12 hours

APPLICATION : If you wish to attend please email the administrator Máire McDonagh or contact the office on 091-452013 for your application form. This workshop can also serve as an introduction to IGC training programmes. …read more

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Green Ribbon

As a social media profile raising exercise for FTAI,


we are organising a gathering in:


Venue:     Merrion Square Park (nearest the Holles Street Entrance


Date:       15th May 2017 Time:                   6.30p.m

The intention is to show our participation in and support for the Green Ribbon campaign     


With an eye to social media,  participants would be photographed wearing green ribbons with a banner heading “Family Therapists support the Green Ribbon Campaign”. We have some green ribbons to distribute to participants and could all be done very quickly. The photos would be uploaded onto our FB page, Twitter Account and Web page.

Please ring Deirdre Hayes 086-3895777, upon arrival.

Meet and Nurture your Body Self

Feldenkrais Self- Awareness, Self -Care and Early Life Attachment History Workshop

This experiential workshop is for psychotherapists, counsellors, counselling psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals (students attending personal therapy are welcome) and will allow participants to touch into their attachment history held in implicit or procedural memory in the body.

It is led by Anne McGuinness, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Psychotherapist, and has grown out of Anne’s many years of interest and experience in the field of attachment and early life relationships and the use of a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement approach to safely access the residues of attachment history held in the body. It has grown also out of Anne’s personal experience and belief that Feldenkrais offers practitioners in the m

ental health field a self –care tool that is unparalleled while at the same time growing our awareness of our body selves that offers both a deeper grounding in oneself and greater access to body resonance to client experience (body/somatic countertransference).

Date: Sunday 28th May 2017

Time: 10am – 1pm (assemble at 9.45am to start promptly at 10am)

Location: Clonlea Yoga Studio 28b Sydney Avenue Blackrock Co. Dublin

( for directions, map and details of parking

and transport)

Cost: 60.00 euro

CPD: 3 hours- certificates available – meets self-care categories …read more

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Children’s Literature, Building Resilience Conference

Parental Pathways in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland present their inaugural non for profit, one day conference, taking place in The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin, on June 17th 2017. This unique conference is designed for adults who are interested in the rich diversity that the bringing together of two disciplines literary and psychotherapy. The conference aims to provide an opportunity for parents to understand the impact literature can have on childhood development and subsequent mental health.

Our line up of speakers include authors Roddy Doyle, Siobhan Parkinson, Patricia Forde, Kevin Stevens & Hilary Fannin. Other speakers include Damien o’ Connor of Brown Bag Films, Professor Amanda Piesse TCD, and Mary Pyle of TCD, Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell and Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnados Ireland. The conference will celebrate the transformative power which child and young adult writing has on young minds with big imaginations and how that inspires resilience in our children. Further information is available on our website or

Tickets available at a cost of €65 from Eventbrite.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Supervising The Adolescent Therapist

This one-day training workshop is open to those offering supervision to counsellors/ psychotherapists working with adolescent clients. The course will address the principal therapeutic considerations specific to working with this age group including how the adolescent’s developmental limitations and evolving capacity for contact shapes the therapeutic field. We will also examine transference issues specific to adolescent process, together with the dynamics which emerge through parental involvement in the work.

In addition, case management dilemmas will be identified and explored including assessment, multi-disciplinary contact, child protection, legal and ethical issues pertaining to the work. Learning style will include didactic input, experiential component, demonstration and practicum work.

Date: Friday 9th June 2017
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, 41 Upper Gardiner St, Dublin 1
Fee: €120

Facilitator: Bronagh Starrs

For information and booking please email Bronagh:

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What We Know by Helen Jones

Robert Redford’s son is a filmmaker and his latest film is called Resilience. Roughly it’s about the negative impact of difficult childhood experiences….which last a lifetime. He was inspired by research carried out in 1998 by Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda into adverse childhood experiences. Examples of these range from witnessing substance abuse; marital breakdown; family mental distress; conflict in the home; being shouted at; physically and / or sexually abused and on and on. These create stress in children which they do not have the capacity to manage. They often have no safe place or person to comfort them. This creates a lifetime of difficulties including learning difficulties; anxiety; depression and on and on. Artists and Writers often develop this theme in their work. I just read an excellent book by J.D. Vance called Hillbilly Elegy which discusses this with great clarity.

Why am I writing this? Why am I exercised enough to do this? Because I am a Psychotherapist and have been hearing about these experiences for over 20 yrs. And I think that we need to be more vocal about what we know and not leave it to writers and Filmmakers.

I am not interested in Blame. However, given what is known about child development going back as far as Freud, Melanie Klein, Winnicott, John Bowlby to mention only a few, we could expand our influence further than the practice room.

The two areas we could increase our influence and stimulate thinking is in Education and Parenting. There are no perfect parents. We all falter and make mistakes but I believe that if every person who becomes a parent had an opportunity to explore their own experience of childhood and how it might unconsciously affect how they parent, that would be a good thing. We may have the best of intentions as parents but it is impossible to deny the unconscious where our repressed and split off memories lie. Parents need support. Single Parents need extra support. Where is it? What are the priorities of our Politicians? Helping the Property Developers get richer for a start. Come on Psychotherapists!

Here’s my list for today:

Decent practical support for all parents no matter what family configuration they live in …. they are minding the future.

Education …for parents, present or future, in schools, colleges, church halls, communities, articles and cultural events.